Concept Searching’s Smart Content Framework™ Helps Ministry of Defence Increase Relevant Information Access by 50%

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Concept Searching and Web-Labs Deliver Intelligent Search to the Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre (DCDC)

Our previous system restricted our access to the information by a factor of at least 50%. Something that would have taken weeks is now taking just a few days.

Concept Searching, a global leader in semantic metadata generation, auto-classification, taxonomy management software, and developer of the Smart Content Framework™, is pleased to announce that the Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre (DCDC), a Ministry of Defence (MOD) think-tank located in the UK, is using Concept Searching’s conceptSearch engine and Web-Labs’ services and software to manage an archive of military and historical documents, images and recordings.

The DCDC is required to provide research and support decisions in operational and strategic military activity. It needed exhaustive and timely access to all relevant documents in the military archive, but the archive was a classic keyword based system and therefore not intelligently searchable.

Concept Searching’s conceptSearch delivered the unique industry ability to automatically generate semantic metadata through concept extraction, significantly improving search results. According to T Longland CVO OBE, Brigadier (Retd) DCDC, “Our previous system restricted our access to the information by a factor of at least 50%. Something that would have taken weeks is now taking just a few days. Furthermore, the intelligence in the search has meant that sometimes the database will link papers that we wouldn’t have linked in a million years. I am confident that we don’t skip or ignore important information.”

Going beyond a technology solution, Concept Searching’s Smart Content Framework™ for information governance is a toolset based on conceptClassifier for SharePoint and provides the enterprise framework to mitigate risk, automate processes, manage information, protect privacy, and address compliance issues.

Underlying the Smart Content Framework™, conceptClassifier for SharePoint provides the ability to transparently tag content, classify it to organizational taxonomies, preserve and protect information through the automatic identification of records and privacy data, and as a migration tool. The result is one set of technologies, running natively in SharePoint, that improves search, provides an enterprise metadata repository, automates records management, ensures compliance, protects and secures data, and facilitates migration.

“Using the first two building blocks of the Smart Content Framework™, Metadata and Insight, the DCDC benefits from implementing a framework that offers not only a robust search solution but also provides insight and delivery of relevant information to the right people,” said Martin Garland, President of Concept Searching. “We are delighted to have worked with Web-Labs and the DCDC to solve significant search challenges. While not dedicated to the Microsoft platform, Concept Searching is Microsoft’s only Managed Partner that delivers taxonomy management and auto-classification technology integrated with SharePoint 2010 that is certified for enterprise deployment across the DoD. Clients such as the US Air Force, the US Army, and the US Army Medical Command have all selected Concept Searching as their solution to manage unstructured content,” he concluded.

To read the details in the Case Study, “Intelligent Search increases Relevant Information Access by 50%’, please click here.

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About Concept Searching
Founded in 2002, Concept Searching provides software products that deliver conceptual metadata generation, auto-classification, and powerful taxonomy management from the desktop to the enterprise. Concept Searching, developer of the Smart Content Framework™, provides organizations with a method to mitigate risk, automate processes, manage information, protect privacy, and address compliance issues. This information governance framework utilizes a set of technologies that encompasses the entire portfolio of information assets, resulting in increased organizational performance and agility.

Concept Searching is the only platform independent statistical metadata generation and classification software company in the world that uses concept extraction and compound term processing to significantly improve access to unstructured information. The Concept Searching Microsoft suite of technologies runs natively in SharePoint 2010, FAST, Windows Server 2008 R2 FCI, and in Microsoft Office applications.

The building blocks of Concept Searching’s Smart Content Framework™ are being used by organizations from a diverse number of industries including the US Army, the US Air Force, the UK MOD, Baker Hughes, Deloitte, Logica, NASA Safety Center, OppenheimerFunds, Point B, Perkins+Will, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Burns & McDonnell,, the US Department of Health & Human Services, Transport for London, the London Fire Brigade, the National Transportation Safety Board, and Xerox.

Headquartered in the US with offices in the UK, South Africa and Canada, Concept Searching solves the problem of finding, organizing, and managing information capital far beyond search and retrieval. The technologies are being used to drive intelligent migration, enable effective records management, identify and lock down sensitive information and enhance governance. For more information about Concept Searching’s solutions and technologies please visit

About Web-Labs
Web-Labs Ltd is a British software house specializing in the development of system software products for the internet, intranet and bespoke application development. It delivers value for money, style, usability and innovation for its clients in the field of internet technology, and its mission is to be the preferred supplier of IT software and services for organizations seeking improvement through the effective use of internet/intranet technology.

About DCDC
The Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre (DCDC) is a Ministry of Defence think-tank, collocated with the Defence Academy at Shrivenham, UK. The DCDC will: Produce concepts and doctrine - underpinned by thorough research and experimentation - to help inform decisions in Defence strategy, capability development and operations, and to provide the foundation for joint education, both now and into the future.

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